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Anal Itching (Overview)

unpleasant sensation that creates the urge to scratch oneself in the anal or perianal area.


Anal Itching (Overview)

unpleasant sensation that creates the urge to scratch oneself in the anal or perianal area.


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Anal itching (Tip)

Hives are itchy and uncomfortable, but if you feel like your throat is closing—call 911! ...See more

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Treating Jock Itch (Checklist)

Treat affected areas with a topical antifungal cream
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See a Dermatologist for resistant or widespread cases
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What can I do to treat anal itching?

What can I do to treat anal itching?

Get evaluated: Pruritus ani is a difficult problem that can have variable causes including irritation from soaps used, fecal material if there any issue with incontinence, infection as well as more concerning problems including malignancy. If over the counter Hydrocortisone or pramasone are not useful and the condition persists, it's best to get evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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What treats anal itching?

If an adult: And pin worms is not a consideration, caffeine and excess perspiration are the two main causes. ...Read more

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Anal itching (Tip)

Scabies causes itching, but treatment of scabies may actually make the itching worse for a while. ...See more

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How is anal itching treated at home?

How is anal itching treated at home?

Before treatment...: Could you be referring to fissures, fistula, abscess? Sexually transmitted disease (syphilis, gc, hiv, etc.) should be considered. Hemorrhoids & rectal prolapse can appear as an outward bulging. Anal trauma of any kind may cause mechanical injury. Skin eruptions need to be considered. Evaluation is recommended to distinguish serious versus less concerning reasons for your problem before treatment. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for anal itching that is best and has fewest side effects?

See your doctor: There are multiple different causes for anal itching. I would recommend seeing your doctor so they can evaluate you to determine the cause and prescribe the appropriate treatment based on what they find. ...Read more

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Anal itching (Tip)

Chronic hives are rarely caused by foods. Control the itch & don't worry about finding their cause. ...See more

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Is there a quick cure for anal itching (pruritus ani)?

Is there a quick cure for anal itching (pruritus ani)?

Multifactorial: Causes include excessive hygiene, pinworms, diet, anal leakage, hemorrhoids. Try avoiding soap and washcloth on anal area. Only warm water and your hand to cleanse in the shower. Avoid medicated wipes, just use soft toilet paper and wipe as little as possible. Avoid ingesting coffee, tea, soda, beer or citrus. ...Read more

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Anal itching (Tip)

Don't take hot showers or baths. They will make the hives and itching worse! ...See more

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How do you get rid of itchy and somtimes sores on the anus caused by pruritus ani?

How do you get rid of itchy and somtimes  sores on the anus caused by pruritus ani?

Don't wipe the area!: One of the common reasons for pruritus ani is excessive wiping of the anus. Repeated wiping can damage the skin around the anus and causes discomfort and itching and wetness of the area. The best way to clean the anus after bowel movement is to wash with water and gently dab dry. Also, if you have a sore or wound in that area it may need a biopsy to make sure there is no cancer or other lesion. ...Read more

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I have pinworms. had albendazole(1 tablet a week) for 5 weeks now. and it's not working. same anal itching .. please what should i do?

I have pinworms. had albendazole(1 tablet a week)  for 5 weeks now. and it's not working. same anal itching .. please what should i do?

Separate issue: The anal itching is causes by an allergic reaction to the glue like mucous PW eggs are deposited in around the anus. Place hydrocotizone cream on the area 2X daily to treat the itching.A cold wash of the affected skin can give temporary relief.You may or may not be re-infected by PW, but symptomatic relief will take targeted therapy. ...Read more

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What can be the underlying cause of extreme anal itching that is present all the time and quite unbearable to avoid itching? Ongoing for 2 years.

What can be the underlying cause of extreme anal itching that is present all the time and quite unbearable to avoid itching? Ongoing for 2 years.

Pin worm infestation: Probably you have systemic candidiasis which Western medicine accepts it very reluctantly or not at all. Change diet to no grain,no dairy & very low carbohydrate diet.Many books & protocols are available in print & online. See your doc to test for the parasite & specific treatment needed. Have you been on repeated antibiotics? Some immuno compromising process is going on.Take probiotics,yogurt. ...Read more

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I've been having anal itching lately x1wk used new soap no hemorrhoids don't want to get tested for GI parasite i will freak out! can I take OTC w/o dx?

I've been having anal itching lately x1wk used new soap no hemorrhoids don't want to get tested for GI parasite i will freak out! can I take OTC w/o dx?

Itchy Butt; Caffeine: Is the most common cause of anal itching not hemorrhoids as stated win the ads. Pinworms can be another cause usually in children after playing in the dirt. But cokes, coffee, tea, chocolate, and energy drinks like red bull have lots of caffeine leading to severe itching and bleeding, even waking you from your sleep at night clawing at your bottom. Stop the caffeine! dont use soap on your botto. ...Read more

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Yesterday unexpectedly i got anal itching and i don't know why. What could it be? Usually it itches during the morning and night, not the afternoon.

Yesterday unexpectedly i got anal itching and i don't know why. What could it be? Usually it itches during the morning and night, not the afternoon.

Rash or pinworms? : This is a common symptom of a pinworm infection. It is not life-threatening and easy to treat. See your doctor and explain what's going on. You could also have a rash that might need a non-prescription cream or ointment. Itchiness in that area is common, and a quick visit with the doctor should be diagnostic and helpful. ...Read more

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Anal itching for 2 months, Dr thought pinworms. Prescribed albenza 8 days ago, anus still itches like crazy. Should itch have stopped? Is it working?

Anal itching for 2 months, Dr thought pinworms. Prescribed albenza 8 days ago, anus still itches like crazy. Should itch have stopped? Is it working?

Intertrigo/fungal: Likely due to fungal or intertrigo. Pinworms less likely. I would recommend washing 2-3x a day, drying in front of fan, applying very small amount of baking soda. You can try athletes foot spray too. Do this for 2-4 weeks. ...Read more

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What treats anal itching?

If an adult: And pin worms is not a consideration, caffeine and excess perspiration are the two main causes. ...Read more

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How to stop Anal itching ?

How to stop Anal itching ?

Treat the cause : one of the most common causes of rectal itch is yeast infection. Pay attention to personal hygiene- wash rectal area after each bowel movement with water like using a plant watering can. Pat dry it with tissue paper and apply ITC anti fungal such as monistat twice a day. If not better in 2-3 days see PCP ...Read more

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How to control anal itching ?

How to control anal itching ?

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Anal itching. What can I take/?

Most common problem: Is hemorrhoids. Try tub baths a few times a week instead of shower, use pre-moistened wipes in a dabbing rather than "sandpaper" motion, prep h is worth a try. If this doesn't work, pcp or medical GI help. ...Read more

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What can I do for anal itching?

What can I do for anal itching?

Cream: Your dermatologist can diagnose and prescribe medication for this. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat anal itching?

Get evaluated: Pruritus ani is a difficult problem that can have variable causes including irritation from soaps used, fecal material if there any issue with incontinence, infection as well as more concerning problems including malignancy. If over the counter Hydrocortisone or pramasone are not useful and the condition persists, it's best to get evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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How is anal itching treated at home?

Before treatment...: Could you be referring to fissures, fistula, abscess? Sexually transmitted disease (syphilis, gc, hiv, etc.) should be considered. Hemorrhoids & rectal prolapse can appear as an outward bulging. Anal trauma of any kind may cause mechanical injury. Skin eruptions need to be considered. Evaluation is recommended to distinguish serious versus less concerning reasons for your problem before treatment. ...Read more

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I would like help with anal itching?

I would like help with anal itching?

Itchy Butt; Caffeine: Is the most common cause of anal itching not hemorrhoids as stated win the ads. Pinworms can be another cause usually in children after playing in the dirt. But cokes, coffee, tea, chocolate, and energy drinks like red bull have lots of caffeine leading to severe itching and bleeding, even waking you from your sleep at night clawing at your bottom. Stop the caffeine! ...Read more

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How do I deal with an anal itching problem?

Most common problem: Is hemorrhoids. Try tub baths a few times a week instead of shower, use pre-moistened wipes in a dabbing rather than "sandpaper" motion, prep h is worth a try. If this doesn't work, pcp or medical GI help. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of constant anal itching?

What can be the cause of constant anal itching?

THe most: Common cause of anal itching especially if it wakes you from your sleep is caffeine followed by excess perspiration. Do not use witch hazel! cut out all caffeine and use corn starch powder on your bottom when getting dressed and whenever you feel dampness or itching in that area. Avoid petroleum based creams of any kind. ...Read more

Anus (Definition)

The anus is the opening of the rectum, through which stool and flatus are passed. The anal canal is about an inch in length, and is ...Read more


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Itch (Definition)

An itch is an irritating sensation that causes one to have the urge ...Read more